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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. Elissa has huge hop additions in the kettle that give it a wonderful bitterness and is then dry-hopped in the fermenter to create the pleasant floral, hoppy nose. Our reverse osmosis water makes the bitter very soft with no harsh notes to it. The maltiness is derived from British Maris Otter malt. Its rich flavor stands up to the hops that would otherwise dominate this beer. The Elissa is an authentic version of the IPA style which was first brewed in the late 1700’s in England for transport to the British colony of India. The high level of hops combined with higher alcohol levels worked as preservatives to keep the beer good over the long voyage to India where conditions were not conducive to brewing. This beer is named after ELISSA, a tall ship now moored in Galveston. Ships like ELISSA were used in transporting IPAs to India. Saint Arnold is donating a portion of the proceeds of this beer to the Galveston Historical District for preservation of this ship.

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3.4
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Legion242. No head. Orange-amber liquid. Good marks for a nice hoppy aroma. Light malt flavour balanced well with stong grapefruity hop taste. Lasting hops. Sort of a middle ground between the UK and PNW style.

3.7
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Draught. Nice nose and look to this beer as I had this one at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Great citrus and hop aroma and the flavor is very well balanced with hop and malt sweetness. If I had more time I would have had a few more of this one. Nice brew.

3.6
aracauna (3585) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Hey, a Saint Arnold beer that actually satisfies. Light coppery body is a bit hazy with a little bit of sediment. The head is smallish and fades fairly quickly. After the more mellow Saint Arnold beers I’ve had, I was a little surprised at the fairly aggressive hop aroma. The malt could handle a bit more body, but is strong enough to keep the beer from falling into an overbalanced hop water like some of the more irritating IPAs out there. Not quite top tier IPA, but still a solid offering. Nothing to sneeze at and worthy stand by beer status if it were available around here.

4
SudsMcDuff (8386) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Poured a rust-tan colour, very nice foam head, nice lacing as well.. Great Aroma, very good taste, smooth and tasty.. A truly wonderful beer again from Saint Arnold’
Rerate..On CASK!..great smell..lots of foam!...amazing taste, to good to describe..goood! scores mixed.

3.1
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Light amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Flavor starts bitter, with some sweetness,bitterness is sharp and lingers unpleasantly.

3.3
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2005
In the bottle at the Huber Haus IPA tasting. Beer pours amber with an off-white head. Has a musty-chocholatey aroma. This one has a harder palate as it really bites the tongue. Burnt flavor. Sweet finish. Good lacing. Blooms late.

3.4
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Brownish orange with a small white head. Grassy, citrucy aroma. Very smooth actually, and a nice bitterness throughout. Flavor is quite sweet with a definite hop presence. Quite nice.

3.3
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2005
This is a very decent IPA. It has a good balance without being overly hoppy.

3.8
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2005
This beer has a floral aroma that gets a citrusy as it warms. The appearance is a dark hazy amber with a creamy off white head. This is an incredibly smooth ipa that leaves the bitter flavor from start to finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel as well. Nice IPA from St. Arnold in Houston.

3.6
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2005
Bronze colour. Lots of citric hops and some resinous notes, but not as extreme as I was expecting. Relatively refined and subtle for a US IPA, almost subtle. Even-tempered and easy drinking, with a moderately bitter aftertaste. Not aparticularly big beer in US terms but I like it. Bottled at the joet gathering, January 2005.


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